Guess How Many Congress Members Against Health Care Law Still Get Government Health Care?
The answer is just about all of them. Think Progress reports:
At least four GOP congressmen have already announced they will turn down their congressional benefits, and a recent poll found that a majority Americans “think incoming Congressmen who campaigned against the health care bill should put their money where their mouth is and decline government provided health care now that they’re in office.” In an interview with the New York Times published yesterday, Rep.-elect Joe Walsh (R-IL) has said he too will forgo government health coverage.
Just five now, really? How totally hypocritical and not the least unexpected. Just 2 percent of these GOPers are actually willing to stand behind their own beliefs. But, those who do aren't entirely noble either. "Those who have turned down their congressional health plans are either covered by other government programs, such as veterans benefits, or are wealthy, like Walsh, and can afford to pay for their own coverage," writes Alex Seitz-Wald. "Walsh’s wife, however, may have a hard time finding coverage no matter what she’s willing to pay due to her preexisting condition. If only Congress has passed some sort of law barring insurance companies from discriminating against people with preexisting conditions…"